[Enjoy Tanabata Night]
When talking about the activities in July, it must be the "Tanabata" on July 7th.
Prior to this, I have been introducing to you many ritual activities of Japan in different seasons which are originated from Chinese Culture, and, the Tanabata is also came from China. July 7th is one of gosekku too(※for gosekku, please refer to the articles in May, ← please paste the link here), this time I'd like to introduce to you the Japan’s Tanabata.
Let's travel around the world with Yuko! In this column, Yuko will introduce to you the national costumes from all over the world. Then the Laotian costumes will be introduced in the tenth programme.
Laos has been ranked first in the New York Times of the United States as "The Country Where People Most Sincerely Wish To Go".
[Go to the famous scenic spots with ajisai]
As to the different season in every month, I'm used to introduce to you the various traditional ritual activities in Japan, but in June, there is not any special activity. As a festival superpower, the June is the only month which has no any Japanese traditional festival. Yet after June, the summer is coming, it is the time for bathing beach opened, and some big events in summer vacation will come in a continuous stream, so now we have to spend such leisure and comfort June.
Let's travel around the world with Yuko! In this column, Yuko will introduce to you the national costumes from all over the world. Then the Cambodia costumes will be introduced in the ninth programme. When mention Cambodia, people will think of the Angkor Wat, a very famous World Cultural Heritage.
[Let's Celebrate Tango no Sekku]
In Japan, the "Tango no Sekku" is held on May 5th to celebrate the boys' healthy and strong growth. I have introduced to you the "Momonosekku" in the article of March which is the festival to pray for girls'healthy growth and getting happiness, so the "Tango no Sekku" can be called its boy version, and the Japanese "Kodomonohi" on May 5th is declared as national holiday. This time, I will introduce to you the boys' festival, the Tango no Sekku.
[Observe the Proprieties for Hanami]
Spring has already arrived. Then what shall we do in Japan during this season? Yes, that must be hanami. The traditional custom of hanami which is always referring to enjoying the sakura started from the Heian Period, it was said that the nobles at that time had a hobby of reciting poetry while enjoying sakura. Nowadays, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy sakura, but we shall not forget to observe the proprieties for hanami. This time, I will introduce to you such proprieties!
Celebrate the Momonosekku
The "Momonosekku" is a spring festival that shall be celebrated on March 3. This festival is also known as the "Hinamatsuri", on this day, people will take some traditional activities such as dressing up dolls or eating special cuisine of Momonosekku to pray for girls'healthy growth and getting happiness. This time, I will introduce to you this "Hinamatsuri".